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Temple tops South Florida 37-28

Temple tops South Florida 37-28

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Marcus Green blocked a late field goal attempt and Montel Harris scored two touchdowns to lead Temple to a 37-28 victory over South Florida in a Big East Conference matchup on Saturday.

The game marked Temple's re-entry into the Big East after the Owls were kicked out of the conference in 2004.

Temple snapped a two-game losing skid with the victory, improving to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the Big East. After South Florida opened the season with a pair of victories, the loss was the Bulls' fourth-straight defeat, dropping them to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

``I thought our kids were scratching, and fighting and clawing and not relenting, and had two losses against two good football teams, and our kids never blinked,'' Temple coach Steve Addazio said. ``This is a great win for our program. It's an emotional win. It's Temple back in the Big East Conference, our first Big East game making a statement that our program is headed in the right direction and we'll be a valued member in this conference.''

Harris, a transfer from Boston College, erupted for a season-best 133 yards on 24 carries and two fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Temple's Chris Coyer was a very efficient 16 for 20 for 167 yards, throwing for one touchdown and scoring the first TD of the game on a 24-yard run on the Owls' first possession.

``It was a great team effort, and my offensive line opened up some holes, but it was a great team win, and it was in the back of my mind that I wasn't able to show people how good I could play,'' said Harris, who had been hampered by a hamstring injury that limited him to 15 carries for 35 yards in two games. ``I think this says we're not just a team everyone can run over. I would say I think this week I felt my leg getting back to normal.''

South Florida was in position to take the lead late in the fourth quarter. But on third-and-one at the Temple 23, with around 1:30 left to play, Demetri Murray went wide and was pulled down by Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich, a true freshman who had a team-high 15 tackles, for a five-yard loss.

That forced Bulls' kicker Maikon Bonani to try a 45-yard field goal, which was batted down by Green and picked up by Anthony Robey, who advanced the ball to the South Florida 35. Harris closed a strong day by taking a handoff 35 yards for a touchdown on the following play to seal Temple's victory with 1:03 left.

``We had an inside play called initially,'' said South Florida coach Skip Holtz, whose quarterback, B.J. Daniels, had limited mobility due to a sore ankle. ``We had some success running up the middle, we just didn't execute it. It wasn't the play call at all. It was the execution. We played a great game and we're all hurting a little bit. But I've yet to see anyone throw their arms up and put their heads in the sand. I think there's a lot left to play.''

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Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, May 27, 16 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.  

Note: I am vacationing in the Outer Banks this week. In this space, I’ll be presenting some of the most popular posts of the last few months. I hope you enjoy these “best of” presentations and I’ll see you folks when I get back. 

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Looking at next year’s free agents

This post was originally published on March 18. 

There is still work that the Redskins can do in free agency and they still have some of their own players they want to retain. But with a lot of the player movement already in the books, we can take a look forward some of the key Redskin who currently are set to be free agents when the 2019 league year opens. 

QB Colt McCoy (Week 1 age 32)—Lots of questions here. Will the Redskins want to keep him around for another year as Alex Smith’s backup? Or will they want a younger and cheaper backup? Will McCoy want to move on rather than back up another QB who doesn’t miss many games?

OL Ty Nsekhe (32)—The Redskins gave him a second-round restricted free agent tender this year so it’s possible that he could be gone or on a long-term contract in Washington. If he is a free agent, his value and the difficulty of retaining him could depend on if he ends the season as a reserve tackle (easy) or as a starting guard (hard). 

OLB Preston Smith (25)—As we saw with Trent Murphy (three years, $21 million with up to $30 million), pass rushers get paid. Smith also makes big plays. Since Smith came into the NFL, he is the only player with at least 20 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles. If the Redskins can’t reach a deal on an extension with him this year the franchise tag is a distinct possibility. 

WR Jamison Crowder (25)—This year the supply of quality receivers both as free agents and in the draft sent contract prices skyrocketing. To guard against that happening next year, the Redskin should start talking to Crowder about an extension soon. 

ILB Zach Vigil (27)—As I noted here, Vigil went from being cut in September to a very valuable reserve in November. Both Zach Brown and Mason Foster will still be under contract, but the Redskin still should make an effort to retain Vigil for special teams and as a capable backup. 

Other Redskins who are slated to be UFA’s next year are DL Ziggy Hood and ILB Martrell Spaight. 

It’s also worth noting that WR Maurice Harris and DE Anthony Lanier will both be restricted free agents next year. Both positions were pricey in free agency this year, so both could require at least second-round tenders, which likely will increase to about $3 million in 2019. 

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